Getting adequate sleep has been linked to numerous health benefits including better mood, lower BMI, increased energy and lower disease risks. However, being able to lay down and instantly forget the stressors of the day isn’t always possible. Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to fall asleep when you need to, but knowing how to unwind naturally goes a long way in preparing your body to sleep easier. It’s amazing how much easier I fall asleep just by taking the time to prepare for it naturally. So here are 5 Natural Solutions for Better Sleep.
When I was pregnant I exercised every night after I put my oldest down and I truly believe that is why I slept great all 40 weeks. Exercise not only makes your body tired, but also helps you de-stress and relax.
Turn off Screens
Making the hour before you go to bed screen-free is a great way to fall asleep faster. Electronic lights stimulate the brain and keep us up way later than we intend. I try to turn my phone and computer off around 9 pm and read a book until I get tired. Normally, it doesn’t take long for me to feel pretty drowsy which in turn leads to better sleep.
Turn off Lights
The darker your room is the more melatonin (a natural sleep hormone) your body will make. I’ve heard that even turning on the light to use the bathroom will cause melatonin levels to instantly plummet! So close your shades, turn off all lights and even turn alarm clock screens away from you when you go to sleep.
Clear Your Mind
Take the time each night to unload the day by praying, journaling, talking with your spouse or writing a to-do list for the next day. Whatever you need to do to clear your mind should work wonders in being able to fall asleep faster.
Use a Natural Sleep Aid
If you’ve done all of the above and are still finding it hard to relax at night then you may want to consider using a natural sleep aid such as RESCUE Sleep Liquid Melts. They were developed by a doctor and are gentle, safe, non-habit forming and all natural. This product has been trusted for many generations to help people stress less and fall asleep easier. They also have products to help you fight daytime stress including RESUCE Pastilles and RESUCE Pearls. You can find the full one of products at your local CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods and Sprouts in the sleep aid section. Be sure to check out the RESUCE website and download a free printable coupon so you can try this product out for yourself!
I love using natural products like RESCUE when I need them because they allow me to de-stress and get the sleep that I need to keep up with my busy family. What do you do to de-stress at the end of a long day? I’d love to know!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.